First aid for kids in emergencies

SAVING LIVES: Paramedic Katie Fisher is a director of Kids First Aid which teaches parents how to assist their children in a life-threatening situation.
SAVING LIVES: Paramedic Katie Fisher is a director of Kids First Aid which teaches parents how to assist their children in a life-threatening situation. Northern Star

IMAGINE watching your child choke or burn themselves and you have no idea what to do to help them.

Paramedics husband-and-wife team, Ben and Katie Fisher of Evans Head, have seen it too many times when parents/carers go to pieces when their children need urgent treatment in the first stages of a trauma.

"We saw so many people not knowing what to do when their child is in danger, so they do nothing," Katie said.

"That's why we started up Kids First Aid."

Katie and her sister Jenny Douneen, who is based in Sydney and is in marketing and sales, set up the business of training people what to do in an emergency if something happens to their child.

That was six years ago and Kids First Aid is now about to be relaunched, thanks to a new investor coming on board.

They have now grown to the point where they have 20 paramedics contracted nationwide to hold courses for them.

Katie estimated that about 20,000 people had since attended their courses.

"What is different about us is we are all paramedics," Katie said.

"Because we are there when an accident happens and are experts in knowing what to do."

The courses teach participants about the 10 most common things that can happen and how to deal with them.

"We got a lovely letter from a lady who attended one of our courses in Brisbane," Katie said.

"She wrote that shortly after doing our course her 18-month-old daughter got burnt.

"She said she kept hearing Ben's voice saying to keep a child in running cold water for 20 minutes even after the skin peels off.

"That's what she did and afterwards the child didn't need skin grafts."

Kids First Aid holds three-hour sessions at $85 a head.

If you are interested in holding one please call Katie on 0422469928.



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